Marie-Ange Debon elected president of France’s Public Transport and Rail Union (UTP)

This Thursday, June 17, the new board of directors of the UTP unanimously elected Marie-Ange Debon as its President. The Chairwoman and Group Chief Executive Officer of Keolis succeeds Thierry Mallet.

The new UTP directors unanimously elected Marie-Ange Debon President of the UTP for the next two years.

Representing each of the main components of the UTP, four vice-presidents will officiate alongside her: Sylvie Charles, Director of Transilien, SNCF Voyageurs, Marie-Claude Dupuis, Director of Strategy, Innovation and Development of the RATP Group, Marc Delayer, General Manager of Public Transport of Choletais (AGIR) and Thierry Mallet, President and CEO of the Transdev Group.

Following her election, Marie-Ange Debon  thanked her peers for their confidence. She went on to thank Thierry Mallet for his involvement and reactivity during the unprecedented health crisis that has affected the French economy and the profession during his mandate.

The new President of the UTP indicated that she would invest her energy in returning public transport to its pre-crisis ridership level:  "We  must regain the confidence of users, it is an economic priority for our sector and a necessity to preserve the environment and promote social inclusion."

Over the next two years, the UTP will continue its work on the negotiation of the collective agreement of the rail sector, the opening up of markets to competition, the challenges of innovation and in particular digitalization, and the economic model of urban and rail transport of  tomorrow.

Marie-Ange Debon